Hot summer days make your vehicle feel like an oven. Leaving your children or pets alone in the vehicle, while you “pop into the store”, is not acceptable.
- Heatstroke can occur when body temperature passes 40oC and could result in brain damage or death
- In ten minutes, a car can heat up by 20 degrees; leaving the windows down doesn’t help
- It takes as little as 15 minutes in a hot car for a child to begin to suffer life threatening effects
- Children and pets are not able to regulate heat as well as adults can, and their body temperatures rise three to five times faster than that of adults
Leaving your pets at home with the air conditioner or a fan and plenty of water is ideal. As for your kids, take them into the store with you, or get a sitter. Let’s enjoy the short Saskatchewan summer time while we can, safely. If you see a child left alone in a vehicle, let the police know by calling 306-777-6500 or 9-1-1 if you think it’s an emergency. If you see a pet left alone in a hot vehicle contact Animal Protection Services at 306-777-7700. After hours, call the Regina Police at 306-777-6500.